Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail

Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail

Series 1 - Episode 2

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Review

There’s a tiny chink of hope at the end of this examination of the Miami penal system, but that’s all it is, a chink, because this is a long, dark road full of violent, wasted lives.

Take the 14-year-old boy facing a ten-year sentence for armed robbery. “I grew up too fast,” says the child. Or the 21-year-old sentenced to 40 years after stabbing a man over $20. To him prison is a “relief” from his life. Or the personable 32-year-old who chats amicably from his utilitarian cell and adds, almost as an afterthought: “I’m facing the death penalty right now.”

These three are past help, but Theroux visits a quasi-military boot camp that offers a little hope to criminals who can avoid prison if they surrender to a regime of being harangued by guards and made to do pointless press-ups.

Summary

Part two of two. The reporter goes deeper into the jail system, meeting an alleged triple murderer facing a possible death sentence. He also follows a group of younger convicts who have avoided prison by pleading guilty and attending a four-month military-style boot camp. Among them is a 14-year-old boy who may face a 10-year sentence for armed robbery if he cannot endure the harsh training and rehabilitation programme.

Cast & Crew

Reporter Louis Theroux
Director Emma Cooper
Executive Producer Nick Mirsky
Series Producer Emma Cooper
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